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I want to start a public forum / think-tank / lecture series. watch

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    I've graduated and studied in London and whilst I was there I really enjoyed the public lectures that were going on all the time - LSE, UCL, Royal Society, etc..

    My town is pretty quiet and I think there are people in the local area who would like to do something like public lectures but it isn't happening as of yet.

    This would provide an evening of talking and socialising where we can invite local business owners, government officials / town councillors, media executives / journalists who can discuss local issues with the interested public.

    I have a place / room which is central to everything and the building is significant to the town and the town is significant to the county / area.

    I think an hour for the talk / presentation and a half-hour for Q & A and there is a lobby outside where people can congregate and talk so about 2 hours all in all.

    What I need help with is what exactly will this forum do? Will we reach for political influence? Is it somewhere were anyone and everyone can have a say?

    The main causes would be: social justice, the environment, development, and more, but I wouldn't want this forum to create influence but more awareness.

    A model for what I would like to do is the Milken Institute.

    It would be great for people to think of ideas and present them. Perhaps talk about some local history maybe talking in-depth about the town's history and how the town has develop in relation to the rest of economic history. This could be linked to new developments in the town.

    I can make a website and social media and a youtube channel and it might get to live-streaming a talk some day.

    The institute can publish reports on local issues but I say again I want to create awareness and not influence.

    Does anyone have some advice and support for my idea?


    This is a great idea! I think you should definitely go for it - I think we need more think tanks/lectures that are just there to educate and spread scope of issue(s) completely support this!
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